Newport Beach is issuing a no access to Beach water on Memorial Day Monday May 30 2016.
Beaches remain open but you can not go in the water.
The City of Newport Beach has issued a directive that prohibits ocean access in Newport Beach due to a possible shark attack on Sunday May 29 2016.
Beaches remain open, but lifeguards and police personnel are not allowing swimmers, surfers or other ocean users to access the water.
No ocean access is allowed on Memorial Day in the section of Newport Beach that stretches from the Balboa Pier south to the City’s border with Crystal Cove State Beach.
Newport Beach lifeguards have not yet been able to confirm that it was shark that bit a female swimmer about 150 yards offshore from Corona del Mar State Beach yesterday.
However, due to the nature of the incident and the type of injuries sustained, they are treating it like a shark-bite incident and are continuing to take action to protect beach goers and ocean users.
“We do suspect the victim was bitten by a shark, but haven’t been able to confirm that because we had no other witnesses and there was no reported shark sighting before the incident or after,” explained Chief Lifeguard Rob Williams of the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Marine Operations Division.
“We are treating this as a shark-bite incident and are asking everyone to please stay out of the water in the closure area. We’ve resumed our search of the water by boat this morning and a police helicopter will be also helping us.”
No ocean access is allowed today in the section of Newport Beach that stretches from the Balboa Pier south to the City’s border with Crystal Cove State Beach.
Newport Beach lifeguards and police personnel are evacuating any individual that enters the water in this area.
Note: This is a change from yesterday’s closure area that extended from Corona del Mar State Beach to Newport Pier.
The closure will remain in effect until further notice.